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JVC 1080p Camcorder w/ 40x Optical Zoom

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lichme


quality posts: 2281 Private Messages lichme

conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 2548 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

pretty good reviews (4.2 out of 5.0) over at Walmart

Seattle1


quality posts: 2 Private Messages Seattle1

I bought one last time it was on woot and I really enjoy the time-lapse feature and the video quality is very good.

punkrampant


quality posts: 0 Private Messages punkrampant

Does it have an external microphone input?

doulos61


quality posts: 0 Private Messages doulos61

Got one on 1/30/13. Very happy with the camera...BUT was only able to use camera when it is attached to the AC power adapter. The camera would not charge the data battery when it was in the camera. JVC's thought the battery was a dead cell. Tried to charge replacement battery, still same result. Sent camera, battery, and AC power supply to repair center with a VERY detailed description of the problem. Received it back from repair with a letter stating that I should try and charge the battery (seriously)! Again I emailed JVC and the repair facility that the problem persisted. JVC AGAIN sent another battery. The suggested that I charge the battery for 24 hours when I received it.

In the meantime I took the initiative to buy and external charger. It was able to fully charge the first and second battery. The camera was able to function with both of the charged batteries.

I received the THIRD battery, installed it into the camera, attached it to the AC power adapter, and charged it for 24 hours as suggested - result / no bueno! It did not charge the battery. This is all within the first month after I received the camera. I have only two months warranty remaining.

I will be sending the camera, the uncharged cell, and the AC power adapter BACK to the repair facility again with an explicit detailed problem report, I am hoping this time that they are able to try and charge the uncharged cell. (This was one of 3 diagnosis I gave them on my original letter to the repair facility)

As it stands now
1. I have only used the camera once (when it was attached to the AC power adapter)
2. Have sent the camera to the repair facility for a 1 week, fun filled needless round trip visit (courtesy of a $10.00 fedex) They had all the details AND items to do this repair.
3. Spent $10.00 for an external charger.
4. About to send it AGAIN to the repair facility (another $10.00)

Since I have a method to actually CHARGE the battery now I don't feel that the ability to charge a battery a deal breaker. Currently I have two extra batteries (so that is a plus)

The main reason I am sending it back to the repair facility is that I suspect that if there is something wrong with the overall function of the camera, there is possibly something else that will fail the day after it is out of warranty.

So far this is the only refurb item from WOOT! that I have had this many issues with.

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman

I bought three of these the last time they were offered to do a little 'behind the scenes' type handheld stuff (and have it intentionally look 'homemade') and I like them a lot. The footage (it is in AVCHD) merges easily into my NLE suite and it is surprisingly (very surprisingly) decent for such an inexpensive little camera with lukewarm reviews and specs that leave a lot to be desired . . . the real place these little cameras shine for my purposes, however, is in the time lapse function (which is the main reason I bought them - to do cheapo time lapse from multiple cameras) . . . We'll put one on a small GorillaPod (the one with magnets - the camera with the battery weighs only about 11-12 ounces if I remember right, they are very lightweight) and hang it from the mirror in the makeup truck or have one hanging over the set shooting wide and capture on one second intervals with a large SD card on board (you'll want to hook it up to external power - the supplied battery leaves a bit to be desired), set it and forget it and we get awesome time lapse that we can cut in with the 'behind the scenes' candid stuff we shoot - it looks great, adds dimension to the final production, and it was worth the price - these are dirt cheap.

Also, if I have someone show up on set that I want (NEED) to stay out of the way, I have always kept an inexpensive camera around to hand to them to go get some "candid shots" and they feel useful and engaged rather than being bored and sticking their nose into everything going on - these are wonderful for that. At $80 if they break it or run off with it, I don't care! If it saved me a grand or two paying a crew to stand around picking their asses because they would have otherwise been slowing the shoot down with questions, it just became an invaluable tool to have on set.

Nice little cameras for the price. If you take the time and dial them in, the quality of the footage will be surprisingly good. One last thought - the image stabilization (there are multiple modes) is actually quite impressive! It will yield very steady shots in the best mode. You sacrifice some framing (of course), but it's capability will wow you! I wish I had such that works as well on some of my higher end gear.

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman
punkrampant wrote:Does it have an external microphone input?



No.

impact9


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[quote postid="5365084" user="lichme"]Previous Sale
Manual



manual link don't work. Just wanting to know can you go manual focus with this camera?

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman
impact9 wrote:[quote postid="5365084" user="lichme"]Previous Sale
Manual


manual link don't work. Just wanting to know can you go manual focus with this camera?




Yes, but it is a complete pain in the ass. You use the up / down buttons on the side of the camera (towards the rear) with the camera in manual mode.

olimpic80


quality posts: 0 Private Messages olimpic80

Is there a Russian language? Thanks

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman
olimpic80 wrote:Is there a Russian language? Thanks



Yes, there is and it is a beautiful language and a lot of people speak it - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language . . .

But, unfortunately, there's not a menu option on the camera to display characters in Russian.

Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Korean, Japanese and Arabic are all supported by the camera.

Something tells me that may have confused @olimpic80 . . . NO, the camera does not do Russian. But, I know a gal in Vancouver that . . . Okay, better stop there.

whatsamattaU


quality posts: 1062 Private Messages whatsamattaU
impact9 wrote:[quote postid="5365084" user="lichme"]Previous Sale
Manual



manual link don't work. Just wanting to know can you go manual focus with this camera?



I was the one who posted the manual link last time. Looks updated. Try this
http://books.jvc.com/Download/265925563/LYT2477-001A-M.pdf

It's $79.99 tonight,like then.

Back then, also posted accessories page
http://store.jvc.com/product.asp?Model=GZ-HM40BUS

and November review
http://www.meanpc.com/2012/11/jvc-gz-hm40bus-everio-hd-camcorder.html

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman

Click here for the (full) manual online, in Quick View (Note: may require Google login to view).

Or, click here to download the .PDF.

This is a link to the full, detailed user guide, not just the quick start guide.

whatsamattaU


quality posts: 1062 Private Messages whatsamattaU

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thoughtstorms


quality posts: 0 Private Messages thoughtstorms

(nevermind, had the wrong product name, wanted to know if it included wifi.)

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman
thoughtstorms wrote:The QVC video for this same product name [JVC Everio GZ-HM40BUS] mentions WIFI. Don't see anything here. Any chance it does have that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1GVfzwYJX4



That's not the same camcorder - that is a video for the JVC GZ-EX210.

The camcorder offered here has no WiFi . . . . sorry.

compmikey


quality posts: 6 Private Messages compmikey

I've had this model for 2+ years, and it still works great. Mono sound, but of good quality. My battery is still good too, in terms of discharge time, etc. I am hard on equipment and drop it once in a while. The built in lens door is nice for slobs like me who loose te detachable caps. I keep the camera in the console of my car. This thing is pretty compact and light. It weighs less than 8 ounces. It fits very easily into purse or coat pocket. If using time lapse, you will probably need to plug it into the charger or your frames will stop after an hour or two so.

gregbowman


quality posts: 44 Private Messages gregbowman
compmikey wrote:I've had this model for 2+ years, and it still works great. Mono sound, but of good quality. My battery is still good too, in terms of discharge time, etc. I am hard on equipment and drop it once in a while. The built in lens door is nice for slobs like me who loose te detachable caps. I keep the camera in the console of my car. This thing is pretty compact and light. It weighs less than 8 ounces. It fits very easily into purse or coat pocket. If using time lapse, you will probably need to plug it into the charger or your frames will stop after an hour or two so.



Actually, the microphone is stereo and the camera captures in stereo. It has a "zoom" mic function that allows the microphone to change the focal point to match the picture so that what’s seen can be more clearly heard, which if activated may be why it sounds mono . . . it doesn't work all that well in practice, but it is a good effort by JVC to include it as an option and it does actually help somewhat in quieter environments for picking up voice . . . also, the JVC line now incorporates K2 stereo audio technology, K2 High Definition (K2 HD) is a mastering technique developed by JVC Music. K2 HD encodes sound as high as a 24 bit and 100 kHz resolution, even though the end product is standard red book CD quality (16 bit, 44.1 kHz) and it does not require special hardware for playback. It is overkill on this camera, but it is there. I turn it (and a lot of other things) off to try squeeze out more battery life.

radi0j0hn


quality posts: 90 Private Messages radi0j0hn
punkrampant wrote:Does it have an external microphone input?



No. It's an 80 buck camera. Get the right tool for the job -or- record the audio with a separate digital recorder and replace the audio from the camera with it when you edit.

acpress.com Not cute, but useful.

scouter99


quality posts: 1 Private Messages scouter99

We have had this little thing for about a year now and have no complaints. The kids love to make silly little "movies" with it and the camera man if often the 6 year old and he can operate it no sweat. It has taken a little beating by them and been used non-stop with not a single issue. It is fun to plug it into our TV with an HDMI and watch the movies they have created. Oh, and someone asked about an external microphone, it works great and we can hear everything the kids say even from way across the room crystal clear. Also works great in regular home lighting, they shoot in our basement with just thr overhead fluorescents and there are no issues visually.

geoffreysteinman


quality posts: 7 Private Messages geoffreysteinman

Does anyone know if i would be able to live-stream with this camera?

goldiemcg


quality posts: 13 Private Messages goldiemcg

Does anyone know if you can flip the viewfinder around so you can see it from the front of the camera?

wuwee


quality posts: 2 Private Messages wuwee

with the battery lifes shortcomings, can anyone link to a battery for this model? im curious as to what the cost for an extra battery would be and the external charger that was mentioned previously by member "doulos61". how is this 'external charger' different from the charger thats included with the camera?
thanks all for any clarification.

nullvalu


quality posts: 3 Private Messages nullvalu

I have this exact camera, paid over $200 for it last summer so this is a great price - it takes really good videos.. the time lapse feature is really cool.. I used it to make this video:

Time Lapse Video - Active Beer Fermentation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6obuEYSk5nM

compmikey


quality posts: 6 Private Messages compmikey
goldiemcg wrote:Does anyone know if you can flip the viewfinder around so you can see it from the front of the camera?


Yes, in addition to flipping the view finder, you can then close it against the camera again, so that it is nice and compact and you can look at the camera from the side to see what is being recorded in the video.

compmikey


quality posts: 6 Private Messages compmikey
gregbowman wrote:Actually, the microphone is stereo and the camera captures in stereo. It has a "zoom" mic function that allows the microphone to change the focal point to match the picture so that what’s seen can be more clearly heard, which if activated may be why it sounds mono . . . it doesn't work all that well in practice, but it is a good effort by JVC to include it as an option and it does actually help somewhat in quieter environments for picking up voice . . . also, the JVC line now incorporates K2 stereo audio technology, K2 High Definition (K2 HD) is a mastering technique developed by JVC Music. K2 HD encodes sound as high as a 24 bit and 100 kHz resolution, even though the end product is standard red book CD quality (16 bit, 44.1 kHz) and it does not require special hardware for playback. It is overkill on this camera, but it is there. I turn it (and a lot of other things) off to try squeeze out more battery life.


I was working from memory re: the mono-mike comment. You're right, I dug mine out of the car console, and it has L&R, microphones. I'm tempted to get a couple more of these.

compmikey


quality posts: 6 Private Messages compmikey
wuwee wrote:with the battery lifes shortcomings, can anyone link to a battery for this model? im curious as to what the cost for an extra battery would be and the external charger that was mentioned previously by member "doulos61". how is this 'external charger' different from the charger thats included with the camera?
thanks all for any clarification.


With a two year old camera, I personally don't find the battery life to be a problem at all, but there are replacement batteries with much higher mAh ratings than the factory 730 mAh. I hope this URL reference works. Here is an Amazon page with battery choices:
Batteries

jarrodrandel


quality posts: 0 Private Messages jarrodrandel

does it have a remote to start/stop playback?

How does it perform in low-light settings?

wuwee


quality posts: 2 Private Messages wuwee
compmikey wrote:With a two year old camera, I personally don't find the battery life to be a problem at all, but there are replacement batteries with much higher mAh ratings than the factory 730 mAh. I hope this URL reference works. Here is an Amazon page with battery choices:
Batteries



cant tell you how much i appreciate the feedback! gonna have a look at that link you sent shortly. actually what i was referring to though when i commented about the battery life was the amount of time that it will hold a charge for each use. going from what i saw here: http://www.meanpc.com/2012/11/jvc-gz-hm40bus-everio-hd-camcorder.html
any thoughts on the external charger that ive seen mentioned?

Foregottensoul


quality posts: 0 Private Messages Foregottensoul

Am I just missing something or does this come with any memory at all?

SolarRay


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I'm also wondering if there is some simple way to use this in a live-streaming situation.

oldschoollion


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Foregottensoul wrote:Am I just missing something or does this come with any memory at all?


No on board memory. You must provide an sd card 4 or better for best performance from the videos I have seen before deciding to buy.

maxmumpimp


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wuwee wrote:
any thoughts on the external charger that ive seen mentioned?



I just popped for this woot deal. Going to see how much I hate only having 40 minutes of battery (there's not a whole lot I can think of that I really want more than 40 minutes of...). Might pick up another 40 minute battery ($21 AMZN)and/or an additional external charger (~$10 AMZN) so that I can keep a spare ready to go. The charger I looked at has a DC car cig lighter adapter as well, so that would be handy when there's no AC source. Still, after all is said and done, the whole shebang will only run about $150 for a decent camera and larger sd card.

gregbowman


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jarrodrandel wrote:does it have a remote to start/stop playback?

How does it perform in low-light settings?



No remote, low light performance is better than some cameras costing a lot more . . . it isn't by any means great, but it'll do for most stuff the average user will shoot indoors with only a couple of table lamps or a ceiling light on in a living room or dining room, etc.

caribbeangirl


quality posts: 0 Private Messages caribbeangirl

Does it take still pics? And with date/time on it

wicksken


quality posts: 0 Private Messages wicksken

I have this from a previous woot for the price it takes great pictures.. Bought because its cheap and has time delay. Use it on my farm great to see 40 minutes of work( battery life and all) compressed into less than 1 minute. If it crashes or falls in the mud I care but not that much. This one is better than the 30 version.

gregbowman


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SolarRay wrote:I'm also wondering if there is some simple way to use this in a live-streaming situation.



When you connect the camera via USB the only thing it will show is the camera's internal memory (which cannot be used to store files) where the software is stored and the SD card . . . it doesn't show up via USB as a video device. I'm not aware of there being a way to perform the function via USB, although there may be a work-around on the Internet using the drivers from a different model. A lot of times the camera is "clipped" by software but will actually do a lot more than advertised. It does have real time A/V out so if you had a capture card that accepted RCA input or HDMI input it will certainly work that way . . . by the way, HDMI out requires a type A to C HDMI cable (one connecting end is smaller than the other - if you search online for a GoPro 2 cable, you'll be able to pick up one for around $3-4 online - you will want to avoid purchasing a GoPro 3 compatible HDMI cable, it simply won't work).

gregbowman


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caribbeangirl wrote:Does it take still pics? And with date/time on it



The only way I know of to take a still picture is in succession with the time lapse feature, which will imbed a time/date stamp if you have it set correctly. However, that is going to be output from the camera as a "movie", not as a succession of still image files (.JPG or similar). I am not aware of a way to use the camera to capture a still photo - but again, there may be an undocumented way to accomplish this online. I have not installed the software contained on the camera so I do not know if there is way to extract a single file as an image with that software after recording a file using the time lapse feature.

gregbowman


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maxmumpimp wrote:I just popped for this woot deal. Going to see how much I hate only having 40 minutes of battery (there's not a whole lot I can think of that I really want more than 40 minutes of...). Might pick up another 40 minute battery ($21 AMZN)and/or an additional external charger (~$10 AMZN) so that I can keep a spare ready to go. The charger I looked at has a DC car cig lighter adapter as well, so that would be handy when there's no AC source. Still, after all is said and done, the whole shebang will only run about $150 for a decent camera and larger sd card.




If you turn the screen to the lowest setting and make other adjustments to the camera in the settings that do not impact recording quality, you can squeeze almost a full hour out of the included battery. The battery is very sensitive IME to temperature (more so than others) and it doesn't last nearly as long when it is below 50F.